DIY Compost Wheelie Bin Hot Water Heater

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There you were thinking that compost is good for one thing and one thing alone, which is providing organic nutrients to your plants. Today I will introduce you to the DIY compost wheelie bin hot water heater. Now you will be able to get free hot water from your compost.

Did you know that it can get as hot as 70 degrees (about 160 Fahrenheit) in there? Neither did I! Also did you know that the normal hot water heaters are set to heat water to between 65 to 70 degrees Celsius ? If you can set this up you will be able to get some free hot water, and still have a compost for your garden.

DIY Compost Wheelie Bin Hot Water Heater
Photo Credit: EcoFilms Australia
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Wheelie Bin
  • Straw
  • Leaves
  • Newspaper
  • Lawn Clippins
  • Horse & Chicken manure
  • 20 mm poly pipe
  • Thicker piper for center
  • Pipe connectors

The main component of course is your wheelie bin. Once you have that you can layer your organic material in it. Use the diagram above for reference. The central vertical pipe should have some holes drilled in it to allow oxygen into your compost.

Don’t forget to keep the mixture watered, for more heat production. This setup takes about 7 days to heat up and then can produce hot water for about 4 weeks. Setting up a new bin every 2 weeks will ensure you always have a compost read to heat your water.

You can get more information on the Permaculture Research Institute blog, here…

DIY Compost Wheelie Bin Heater


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